undernourished

adjective
un·​der·​nour·​ished | \ ˌən-dər-ˈnər-isht How to pronounce undernourished (audio) , -ˈnə-risht \

Definition of undernourished

1 : supplied with less than the minimum amount of the nutrients or foods essential for sound health and growth : marked by undernutrition undernourished infants Since these drugs suppress appetite, stimulant users are often undernourished and experience all the ill effects of that condition.— Cynthia Kuhn
2 : poorly supplied with vital elements or qualities undernourished independent libraries

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Other Words from undernourished

undernourishment \ ˌən-​dər-​ˈnər-​ish-​mənt How to pronounce undernourishment (audio) , -​ˈnə-​rish-​ \ noun

Examples of undernourished in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These include the fact that 56% of urban dwellings are in overcrowded slums, 71% of Africa’s workforce is informally employed and cannot work from home and 40% of children on the continent are undernourished. Faizel Ismail, Quartz Africa, "A post-Covid-19 economic reality can kickstart Africa’s free trade area," 30 May 2020 About 190 million Indians are estimated to be undernourished, including 40% of its children. Debasish Roy Chowdhury, Time, "A Major Outbreak of Coronavirus Will Test India's Healthcare, Governance and Social Cohesion to the Limit," 7 Apr. 2020 Nowadays, according to the UN, just one out of nine people worldwide is undernourished, even though our numbers have more than doubled in the past 50 years. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 25 Mar. 2020 The male adult whale was undernourished after three years of bad feeding conditions, Mate said. BostonGlobe.com, "Blue whales are the largest animals that have ever lived on earth, even bigger than the largest dinosaurs, Mate said.," 24 Nov. 2019 Ojea Quintana said that many North Koreans, especially in the countryside, lack proper access to health services, water and sanitation, and that more than 43% of the population is undernourished. Washington Post, "North Korean swagger may conceal brewing virus disaster," 4 Mar. 2020 To reach undernourished kids in areas like these, Golden Rice would have to be grown by commercial farmers and sold in markets. Dominic Glover, The Conversation, "The Philippines has rated ‘Golden Rice’ safe, but farmers might not plant it," 7 Feb. 2020 And by the time Golden Rice gets to undernourished children, its beta carotene level may be very low, since the compound deteriorates fairly quickly. Dominic Glover, The Conversation, "The Philippines has rated ‘Golden Rice’ safe, but farmers might not plant it," 7 Feb. 2020 The male adult whale was undernourished after three years of bad feeding conditions, Mate said. BostonGlobe.com, "Blue whales are the largest animals that have ever lived on earth, even bigger than the largest dinosaurs, Mate said.," 24 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of undernourished

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Undernourished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undernourished. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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undernourished

adjective
How to pronounce undernourished (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of undernourished

: not getting enough food or not getting enough healthy food for good health and growth

undernourished

adjective
un·​der·​nour·​ished | \ ˌən-dər-ˈnər-isht How to pronounce undernourished (audio) \

Kids Definition of undernourished

: given too little food for proper health and growth

undernourished

adjective
un·​der·​nour·​ished | \ ˌən-dər-ˈnər-isht, -ˈnə-risht How to pronounce undernourished (audio) \

Medical Definition of undernourished

: supplied with less than the minimum amount of the nutrients or foods essential for sound health and growth : marked by undernutrition undernourished infants Since these drugs suppress appetite, stimulant users are often undernourished and experience all the ill effects of that condition.— Cynthia Kuhn

Other Words from undernourished

undernourishment \ -​ˈnər-​ish-​mənt, -​ˈnə-​rish-​ How to pronounce undernourishment (audio) \ noun

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